Nick Halter
May 27, 2022 - News

New college graduates reap the benefits of best market in decades

Illustration of increasingly desperate "now hiring" signs
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Students graduating college this spring are entering what many career experts say is the best job market in years.

What's happening: Minnesota has a record low unemployment rate of 2.2%. Plus, college grads can now take jobs at faraway companies and work remotely in the Twin Cities, further expanding their options.

Torey Van Oot
May 26, 2022 - News

Map: Minnesota births increased in 2021

Data: CDC; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Births in Minnesota rose slightly in 2021, per newly released CDC data.

The big picture: More than 3.6 million babies were born in the U.S. in 2021, a 1% increase from 2020 levels, Axios' Adriel Bettelheim reports.

Torey Van Oot
May 26, 2022 - News

MacKenzie Scott's unprecedented gifts to Twin Cities nonprofits

Illustration of Mackenzie Bezos on a hundred dollar bill.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities is the latest local nonprofit to get a big boost from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott's recent giving spree.

What's new: The nonprofit announced this week that it got a record $6 million — a sum that exceeds its annual operating budget — as part of a $122.6 million grant the billionaire made to local chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters America.

Torey Van Oot
May 25, 2022 - News

Minneapolis marks 2 years since George Floyd's murder

People visit Say Their Names cemetery near George Floyd Square, last May. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Today marks two years since George Floyd was murdered.

The big picture: Floyd's death under the knee of former Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin sent shockwaves through our city, the nation and the world.

Nick Halter
May 25, 2022 - News

Jason DeRusha is leaving WCCO-TV after 19 years

Jason DeRusha
Jason DeRusha. Photo courtesy of WCCO

Jason DeRusha announced Tuesday he will sign off June 23 from his WCCO morning anchor duties after 19 years at the TV station.

A "Good Question" for DeRusha: What's next?

Torey Van Oot
Updated May 24, 2022 - News

Twin Cities Starbucks workers join national labor push

Illustration of the Starbucks siren holding up a fist.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Baristas at a fourth Twin Cities Starbucks store will vote on whether to form a union beginning Tuesday.

What's happening: The Minneapolis shop at Lyndale and 54th is among at least six Minnesota locations that have joined a growing national push to unionize employees at the ubiquitous coffee chain.

Torey Van Oot
May 18, 2022 - News

No Mow May grows a fan base in Minnesota

Illustration of a roll of turf opening to reveal flowers, a bee, and a mushroom.
Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

If your neighbors' yards are starting to look a little shaggy, it might be by design.

What's happening: No Mow May is gaining traction in Minnesota, with a growing number of local cities formally encouraging residents to participate.

Torey Van Oot
May 17, 2022 - News

New George Floyd biography explores systemic racism and global movement

his name is george floyd book cover
Image courtesy of Viking/Penguin Random House

A new biography of George Floyd hits the shelves Tuesday.

The big picture: "His Name is George Floyd," written by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, seeks to show "how systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and legacy... telling the story of how one man's tragic experience brought about a global movement for change."

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